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Things to do in London this weekend

The last gasp of summer is upon us, so make it count. Here are some of the hottest things to do this bank holiday on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday in London

Niall Green
By Time Out London Things To Do, Alexandra Sims, Angela Hui and Charlie Allenby |
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It’s the big one. Wahh gwaan? Bank holiday weekend is here people! And that can only mean three whole days of pure, unadulterated blissful fun. Starting with Europe’s biggest street festival: Notting Hill Carnival, baby! See our Carnival 2019 guide here for all the lowdown, from soundsystems to travel info, this year’s going to be a belter. Not your scene? There’s plenty happening other than the west London bonanza. The Smithfield Street Party: A Beastly Adventure is throwing a bash dedicated to animals on Sunday, where you can watch giant dancing puppets, bands and dog shows. Monday opens itself to more canine action at the Dog Days of Summer where Flat Iron Square is throwing a pooch-themed party. Fill your extra day off to the brim! Happy weekending folks!

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What’s on this weekend?

Music

Event of the Week: Notting Hill Carnival

icon-location-pin Notting Hill, Notting Hill
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Vuvuzelas at the ready – Europe’s biggest street festival is rolling into town for two days of blasting soundsystems, non-stop dancing and some of the best Carribean food around. Whether you want a chilled Carnival or are looking to party into the early hours, be sure to check out our complete guide to all things Notting Hill Carnival.

Things to do, Markets and fairs

Vintage Market at the Mansion

icon-location-pin Beckenham Place Park, Beckenham
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Head to Beckenham Place Park’s Georgian mansion where there’ll be 25 top vintage traders setting up shop in the pretty pastel-hued rooms selling travel posters, prints and clothes. Hungry after all that shopping? Tuck into the sizzling selection of street food stands.

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Things to do, Film events

Morden Park House ’90s Outdoor Cinema

icon-location-pin Morden Park House, Morden
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Get your huge hit of nostalgia thanks to this outdoor screening of films nearing their third decade. From children’s cult classic ‘Jumanji’ through to intertwining narratives of Tarantino’s ‘Pulp Fiction’, there’s a flick for all. 

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Film, Drama

Film of the Week: ‘Pain and Glory’

A woozy, humane journey in a jaded filmmaker’s soul. Pedro Almodóvar fills this tapestry of recollections with bold colours and infuses them with emotion. It will pierce your heart. 

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Things to do, Quirky events

Dog Days Of Summer

icon-location-pin Flat Iron Square, Southwark
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Those dog days will never be over, not when it happens to be National Dog Day on Monday. Celebrate canine friends at Flat Iron Square’s pooch-themed party. Bring your pup along to enter them into The Dog Factor (there are prizes for the Baddest Bitch). 

'Batuke!' at Rich Mix
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Things to do, Festivals

Batuke Festival

icon-location-pin Notting Hill, Notting Hill
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Celebrate Afro-Portuguese culture at this four-day arts festival. Take part in dance workshops in Kizomba, Semba, Ginga, Afro and Afrobeats, watch theatre performances and screenings, and browse the Afro Marketplace.

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Things to do, Exhibitions

The Barking Stink: A Scented Heritage Exhibition

icon-location-pin Valence House Museum, Dagenham
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Small ya later Barking! Get to know east London’s industrial past through the power of small. Sewage, fish and the scent of a fizzy pop factory will all be on display for you to take a whiff at.

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The Monster

icon-location-pin Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace
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What’s that coming over the hill? Is it The Monster? Is it The Monster? By monster, we mean a giant inflatable obstacle course for adults. Now’s your chance to zoom down an 18-metre mega slide. 

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'Tales of the Turntable' at Southbank Centre
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Dance, Hip hop

‘Tales of the Turntable’

icon-location-pin Southbank Centre, South Bank
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This joyful hip hop show for kids is guaranteed to make you come out humming too. Watch along and learn about the decade-hopping dance masterclass covering all styles from vogueing arms to classy breaking and krumping.

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Frieze Sculpture 2019

icon-location-pin Regent's Park, Regent’s Park
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One of London’s prettiest parks has been transformed into a massive outdoor gallery once again courtesy of the free Frieze Sculpture. Go in search of Huma Bhabha’s totem-inspired ‘Receiver’ and a posthumous showing of Robert Indiana’s ‘One Through Zero’.

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Martello Hall

icon-location-pin Hackney

Head for late-night drinks at this gin distillery and bar on Mare Street. It’s open well into the early hours. The best thing? There’s a regularly changing array of 12 wines on tap, gin distilled on site and a swell cocktail list.

 

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Romeo and Juliet, Sadler's Wells, Matthew Bourne
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Dance, Ballet

Matthew Bourne’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’

icon-location-pin Sadler's Wells, Clerkenwell
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Romeo, where art thou Romeo? Well, the traditional Shakespeare play you know and love so well, has been given the Matthew Bourne treatment. Prokofiev’s iconic ballet is a reinvented classic. 

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Restaurants, Italian

Artusi

icon-location-pin Peckham

London might have reached peak Italian carby goodness, but if you haven’t tried the pasta at Artusi you need to get there right away. You’ll regularly find things like puntarelle and anchovy salad on the menu, along with very very good pasta and plenty of meat in the mains.

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Things to do, Exhibitions

‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Exhibition’

icon-location-pin BFI Southbank, South Bank
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Enter the world of Thra at this special exhibition. See setpieces from the series (like the Skeksis banquet) and meet the puppets modelled on Jim Hensons’s original creations. Let the nerd child of ’80s within you be free.

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Bars and pubs, Pubs

Ninth Life

icon-location-pin Catford

Catford’s circus-themed nightspot channels a festival theme. As such, grab some street food and stay up late among acrobats and actors. 

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